Category: Dunwoody Reporter

Light Up Dunwoody set for Nov. 18

The city’s Light Up Dunwoody event will be held on Sunday, Nov. 18, 3-5:45 p.m. at the Cheek Spruill Farm House, 5455 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road. The annual community event rings in the holiday season and includes a Holiday Village, which opens at 3 p.m. The lighting of a tree and a menorah are scheduled for 5:45 p.m. Santa will be on the lawn of the Spruill Farm House with his sleigh, and live reindeer will be available for photo opportunities. Residents should bring their own cameras. Everyone is invited, and there is no cost to participate in the family-friendly...

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Robin’s Nest: Wrong Way Robin

I’m what you could call “directionally challenged.” You might think that this is my glib way of telling you that I am very short (which I am), but you would be wrong. Rather, I am divulging my complete and utter inability to find my way anywhere. Seriously. Anywhere. Given the choice between any two directions — north or south, east or west, forward or backward — I will inevitably pick the wrong one. This is true even if the choice is “up or down.” To further complicate matters, I walk very quickly. So when on foot, I get lost...

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Dunwoody pays tribute to veterans

Dunwoody marked Veterans Day with its annual ceremony at Brook Run Park on Nov. 10. The following are some images from the event. Photos by Phil Mosier. Matthew Persky, 7, of Dunwoody Cub Scouts Troop Number 1818 greets attendees at Dunwoody’s Nov. 10 Veterans Day Tribute, handing out flags and distributing artificial “Buddy Poppy” flowers, whose proceeds benefit veterans in need through Veterans of Foreign Wars. Mayor Denis Shortal, who is a retired brigadier general in the U.S. Marine Corps, speaks at the podium. In the rear, from left, Rev. Chris Jordan, pastor of Crossroads Church, and Wayne Radloff,...

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Council questions what makes Dunwoody Village special

Dunwoody City Council members are pondering what is the “it” that makes Dunwoody Village special as it considers an overhaul of the overlay district known for its Colonial-style architecture to allow for more modern development. “What is the ‘it’ that makes the Village special?” Councilmember Terry Nall asked at the Nov. 5 meeting. “We want to remove impediments but not destroy what makes it special.” Consultant Kevin Clark of Historic Concepts, which led a recent community meeting to seek ideas for the overlay and surveyed residents on the city’s website, said he was not sure. “If you refer back...

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Community Survey: Is the Super Bowl good for Atlanta?

When it comes to the Super Bowl, count many locals as superfans of bringing the game to Atlanta. And more than a few believe the Falcons can still win it. More than two-thirds of the 200 respondents to Reporter Newspapers’ most recent 1Q survey welcomed the Super Bowl LIII to Mercedes-Benz Stadium in February, saying that it mattered to them that the game would be played in Atlanta. “It is great for the community,” a 24-year-old Buckhead woman commented. “Hosting the Super Bowl is an honor for our city and helps the local economy greatly!” The survey was conducted...

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Beloved Dunwoody park gets some city attention

Just off Peeler Road and across from the DeKalb County Water Works basins is Dunwoody’s Windwood Hollow Park, a secluded 11-acre park with nature trails, a playground, tennis courts and a pavilion. It’s easy to miss if you don’t know it’s there. A simple sign stands at the park’s main entrance at 4865 Lakeside Drive. But because the park is surrounded by single-family homes, many people walk to the park enclosed in a wooded area. “We discovered it by accident,” said Katherine Kasravi of Sandy Springs said on a recent sunny Sunday afternoon. She watched her son, Giv, climbing...

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Local transit board member boasts vanpool and app expertise

The first local representative elected to the new “ATL” transit agency board is a vanpooling pioneer and former Georgia Tech professor who is suing Uber and Lyft for alleged patent infringement — and hoping a settlement can help make a new public utility to connect everything from toll lanes to MARTA in one cellphone app. “The objective would be to make a public utility based in Atlanta where you could bring all these things together,” said Steve Dickerson, who was elected by officials on Oct. 24 to the ATL’s District 3 seat. “There’s a big advantage to having practically...

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Transform 285/400 traffic changes through Nov. 16

The Georgia Department of Transportation has announced the latest round of lane and ramp closures and other traffic changes for Transform 285/400, its massive project to reconstruct the I-285/Ga. 400 interchange. Schedules may change based on the work and the weather. Abernathy Road closure Nov. 10-11: closed between Ga. 400 and Barfield Road, detour on Ga. 400 Exits 5 and 5 A, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Ashford-Dunwoody Road ramp closure Nov. 12-14: Ramp to I-285 westbound closed, detour on I-285 eastbound/Chamblee-Dunwoody Road, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Ga. 400 lane closures Nov. 9-10: Northbound and southbound between Glenridge...

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‘Create Dunwoody’ plan lays out ideas for arts, culture

The city’s new “Create Dunwoody” Arts and Culture Plan lays out several reasons that city government should be involved in supporting arts and culture organizations, including providing a better quality of life for residents while also boosting the local economy and attracting businesses. But some city leaders are hesitant to spend significant money implementing an arts master plan because of the city’s already limited resources. Some also argue numerous other nearby cities, including Atlanta, already offer many events and cultural spaces and question why a small city like Dunwoody should do the same. The 65-page master plan is the...

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Flight attendant recalls Vietnam War R&R service

In 1968, international jet travel was still a glamorous adventure, and Joan Policastro signed on as a Pan American World Airways flight attendant to get her taste of it. She soon got adventure in a risky, historic form — four years of flying “rest and recuperation” flights with U.S. troops in and out of the Vietnam War, sometimes with bombs going off outside the base. “I liked it. I liked them,” said Policastro on a recent afternoon as she sat at her kitchen counter in Sandy Springs, reminiscing over a photo of her serving young soldiers on one of...

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Letter: Thanks for a reminder of good at a time of evil

Jewish communities everywhere experienced grief and shock at the massacre at a Pittsburgh synagogue, in which 11 Jewish lives were tragically taken in an act of hatred and violence. Here in our own Dunwoody community, as we struggled to comprehend this tragedy, we were immensely touched by the outpouring of support from our neighbors and friends. Emails, phone calls and floral tributes, all with warm and loving messages, truly uplifted our spirits in this dark time, and served to remind us of the good that surrounds us, even when evil rears its head. At a memorial service held at...

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McBath wins 6th Congressional District race as Handel concedes

Democrat Lucy McBath will represent the 6th District in Congress as incumbent Karen Handel conceded Nov. 8. It’s a historic loss for the GOP, which held the seat for decades, and a triumph for Democrats after a surprise-filled, two-year effort to “flip the Sixth.” McBath, a Cobb County flight attendant and gun control activist whose son was murdered in an infamous shooting, squeaked out a win in the Nov. 6 election with 50.46 percent of the votes. The district includes parts of Brookhaven, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs as well as other sections of north Fulton and Cobb counties. “After...

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